In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) and Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Prize
Committee noted that their work could ‘contribute to a sharper focus on the
processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world’s
future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind.’ Yet,
in spite of this prestigious award, surprisingly little academic evidence has
been produced within IPPC or elsewhere that point to a strong link between
climate change and conflict. In fact, most peer-reviewed studies based on
Jørgen Delman, Professor, PhD, China Studies,
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Copenhagen University
In Cambodia, on Tuesday
Oct 26, a nun was murdered. She had grabbed the wrong bowl to feed the pigs
with and then an angry man beat her to death with a stick for her mistake. Same
day, in an unrelated case, a young student became the center of a drunken
brawl. Two men got so upset with the student that they beat him with a hammer
and an iron bar.
The only thing those two
incidents have in common – apart from a deadly outcome for the victim – is that
the perpetrator was a Buddhist monk.
This article attempts to contribute to the
discussion about the emerging concept of ‘East Asian Peace’, which in its
narrower formulation refers to a dramatic decline in the number of battle
deaths from 1979 onwards. By using the data on armed conflicts and peace
processes from the School for a Culture of Peace at the Autonomous
University of Barcelona, the following article raises some
academic questions that need further research.
Understanding the East Asian peace: some findings on the role of informal processes by Mikael Weissmann, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Whereas the discussion on East Asian Peace has primarily focused on
armed conflicts, this article contributes by discussing unarmed conflicts in the East Asian region. The article presents
the regional picture of the prevalence of these types of non-violent, popular
uprisings and contends that these types of social conflicts are important to
consider in order to get a better grasp of what kind of relative peacefulness
that East Asia is experiencing.
Professor, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
Daniel A. Bell (Tsinghua University,
De økonomiske reformer udrydder en del af landets fattigdom, men skaber samtidig
nye grupper af fattige.
Af Kjeld A. Larsen